'''SoftKey International''' was a publisher and distributor of CD-ROM
based personal computer software for Microsoft Windows|Windows
and Apple Macintosh|Macintosh
computers during the late 1980s and 90s.
Their products typically consisted of software intended for home audiences, especially shovelware
discs containing various freeware
game software. SoftKey enjoyed great success by offering "jewel-case only" products, which they dubbed their 'Platinum' line.
Canadian businessman and investor Kevin O'Leary
started Softkey International in his basement on a $10,000 investment from his mother.
By 1994, Softkey was a billion-dollar consolidator in the educational software market, acquiring no fewer than sixty rivals, such as WordStar
and Spinnaker Software
. It then moved to Boston and took the name of one of its acquisitions, The Learning Company